Students from two Linden Public Schools recently teamed up to help a school in need more than 1,300 miles away.
Students from School No. 4 and School No. 10 wanted to do something to help after Hurricane Irma devastated Florida, so they adopted Key Largo School, which serves grades pre-K through 8.
Together the two Linden schools raised $1,355 through donations from their families and the community.
“Many of the students who attend this school were directly impacted by the devastation that Hurricane Irma caused and were in need of our support,” said School No. 10 social worker Alicia Dinis.
All proceeds were given to the Key Largo School Hurricane Relief Fund, which provides support for families who experienced the horrific loss of their homes and personal belongings. Key Largo School is also sharing its funds with schools in the Lower Keys, which were hit much harder.
The project got its spark when Dinis reached out to schools in Monroe County, Fla., to see how Linden students could help. Then she and physical education teacher Brandon Czajkowski, her co-advisor of the K-Kids community service club, talked to the children about how they could make a difference
“When the students heard they could help children close to their age, they collectively decided this school was where we would fundraise for,” Dinis said.
Dinis and Czajkowski reached out to School No. 4 social worker Jennifer D’Alessio about joining forces so they could reach more families.
Students that donated received a free homework pass, and the class that donated the most received an ice cream party donated by Stop and Shop.